This Month's Change Recipient
Just Food is the food bank in Douglas County, supplying more than 29 partner agencies with frozen meat and fresh produce as well as bread and food donated from community drives. Just Food also specializes in direct client service through programs like Just Grow, Just Cook and Cooking Healthy Futures.
Just Food and its partners play a key role in fighting hunger in our community by increasing the availability of a variety of healthy foods and helping to reduce waste and discarded food. In 2016, Just Food served over 13,000 Douglas County residents.
For more information, visit www.JustFoodKS.org.
2017 Change Recipients
Headquarters, Inc. is the suicide prevention leader in Kansas, providing counseling, education and resources to improve public health. “Small but mighty” has been used to describe Headquarters Counseling Center, their National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) crisis center that serves people from all over Kansas, answering over 20,000 calls a year.
In operation since 1969, Headquarters’ commitment is to provide free and confidential crisis counseling and emotional support to everyone that reaches out. The crisis center is operated by trained volunteer counselors and is open 24 hours a day, all year long.
In addition, Headquarters operates the Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center-offering training and technical assistance to communities around the state, and promoting behavioral health advocacy and policy work. For more information, visit www.headquarterscounselingcenter.org.
CLO's Midnight Farm
Midnight Farm is a unique holistic day services site that operates within Community Living Opportunities non-profit organization. Midnight Farm serves adults with differing developmental abilities through engagement, classes, life skills, therapeutic benefits, encouragement of healthy choices, jobs and endless learning opportunities.
Working together in the on-site gardens and greenhouse is one of the most common ways in which skills and healthy choices are learned. Midnight Farms’ gardening program, Green Thumb Club, provides an opportunity to learn the importance and management of a healthy, organic garden.
Donors directly impact the learning and experiences of all individuals that utilize Midnight Farm throughout the year. For more information, visit www.midnight-farm.org.
Kansas Advocates for Better Care
Kansas Advocates for Better Care advocates for safe, good quality care for older adults and to prevent elder abuse and neglect. KABC provides older adults and their caregivers guidance, support and information about all things related to long-term care whether at home or in an adult care facility, including help for addressing specialized dietary needs such as low-sodium, or anti-inflammatory, or specially prepared foods for persons who have difficulties with swallowing due to stroke or dementia. For 40+ years KABC has provided older adults resources for improved care and healthier aging.
For more information, visit www.kabc.org.
Growing Food Growing Health
Now entering its eighth season, the Growing Food, Growing Health (GFGH) School Garden Project continues to grow and evolve. The project is directed by Community Mercantile Education Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit sister organization of The Merc Co+op. GFGH runs a beautiful production garden at West Middle School and two education-based gardens at neighboring Sunset Hill Elementary and Hillcrest Elementary. Sustainably grown produce (over 15,000 lbs to date) is used in the school cafeteria and sold to the co-op to help support the project.
For more information, visit http://www.themerc.coop/gfgh.
Falling Forward Foundation
Every day, another person suffers a stroke, brain injury or spinal cord injury. When insurance stops paying for rehabilitation, grants from Falling Forward make it possible for patients to continue their recovery and avoid a life of disability. All of the money raised by Falling Forward stays local. Falling Forward has no paid staff and 0% administrative costs. So, 100% of donations will be used to support someone doing their rehabilitation at Lawrence Memorial Hospital! Your donation will help another local person go from “disability” to ABILITY!
Learn more at www.fallingforward.org
Friends of the Kaw
Friends of the Kaw serves the Kansas River. The Kaw is the largest prairie based watershed in the world. The river originates at the junction of the Smoky Hill and Republican Rivers and runs 173 miles to meet the Missouri River in northeast Kansas. The Kaw provides drinking water to 800,000 people.
Friends of the Kaw is a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the Kansas River for present and future generations. They are the only non-profit organization dedicated to the Kansas River and their work includes: monitoring, responding and mediating suspected pollution incidents to the river; advocacy efforts to protect the river; educational programming to both adults and school children; and, promoting recreation on the river.
For more information, visit kansasriver.org
Community Village Lawrence
Community Village Lawrence (CVL) provides volunteer assistance for those who desire to remain in their home as they age. CVL combines the efforts of volunteer individuals to create a caring support network. Volunteers experience the satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of others.
In the last 18 months, CVL has provided 756 services, including transportation, to 61 Lawrence residents. With help, those numbers will grow. Proceeds from the Change program will fund scholarships to reduce CVL’s waiting list and extend support to those in need. Perhaps you know someone who wishes to remain independent and could use help from a neighbor. Let them know. Discover the you in our community. For more information, visit www.communityvillagelawrence.org
Ecumenical Campus Ministries
Established in 1905, the Ecumenical Campus Ministries (ECM) provides a safe place for those committed to personal development, spiritual growth, and social action.
The ECM supports students and the wider community with programs including: Veggie Lunch, a free vegan lunch every Thursday, Tai Chi Chai Tea, Alternative Spring Break Trips, Interfaith Café, University Community Forum, and more. The Solidarity Library at ECM is a place community members can come to find progressive books, journals, films, and zines.
This fall, the ECM is opening a food pantry and thrift shop to provide increased access and fight hunger in our community.
For more information, visit www.ecmku.org.
First Step House
DCCCA coordinates programs across the Midwest to provide behavioral health prevention and treatment, recruitment, training, and support of foster homes and traffic safety education and resources.
DCCCA’s First Step at Lake View in Lawrence provides family centered, holistic addiction treatment for women. Priority is given to pregnant women and the facility’s licensed child care allows mothers to bring their children with them.
Treatment focuses on building skills and resources for long term recovery. Collaboration with community partners offers comprehensive medical care, domestic violence intervention, mental health services, and access to safe housing and employment.
For more information, visit www.dccca.org
For 32 years LINK has provided free home-cooked, nutritious meals in a safe and welcoming environment for individuals and families who may be homeless, hungry, lonely, physically or mentally disabled or low income. LINK is a non-profit, powered by 46 volunteer groups with part-time serving managers. Several groups have been serving since LINK began. LINK serves lunch four times a week. Everyone is welcome, no questions asked.
In 2016 LINK served 19,750 guests 27,035 meals. On Thanksgiving (2016), volunteers cooked and delivered 536 turkey dinners and served 225 meals at LINK.